“I think it’s important that we have a balanced January 6th commission,” Coons, who represents Delaware, told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.”
Pelosi later on Thursday said that the makeup of the commission could be “easily negotiated” and argued that the scope of what it covers is more important.
“It’s about domestic terrorism. We want to solve this. And now I will do anything to have it be bipartisan so, as your point is, that it will be well received by the American people,” Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill during her weekly press conference.
On CNN, Coons stressed that commission members should be “folks who are not politically motivated in how they get to the bottom of this,” and not currently serving or seeking public office.
Coons said the commission should investigate “all the events that led up to the riot at the Capitol and this baseless theory that (former President Donald) Trump won the election.”
“This is important. It’s one of the key ways of how we come together as a country,” he said. “Joe Biden ran on unifying our nation and to unify our nation, we have to lay bare the ways in which we just haven’t believed each other. Joe Biden was legitimately elected president of the United States, and we need to help the American people accept that fact.”
“The leaders of the 9/11 commission have said part of why it was so successful was that it was even, it was balanced, and it was led by folks who were well-respected and well-regarded, who had a reputation for working across the aisle,” Coons said.
CNN’s Ryan Nobles, Jeremy Herb, Annie Grayer, Jessica Dean and Daniella Diaz contributed to this report.